The readings for the class are intended to help you think about how to create effective arguments and how to communicate your ideas clearly and coherently. Many readings will be handed out in class. However, you may want to purchase a few guides to help you this semester and in your career.
Strunk, William, and E.B. White. The Elements of Style. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 1999. ISBN: 020530902X.
Perelman, et al. The Mayfield Handbook on Technical Writing.
The KSG Communications Program. "PAE Policy Analysis Exercise: The Writing Guide 2001-2002." Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.
Here is a great Web site where you can link to text and video formats of famous and not-so-famous speeches. I have fun just checking out who has said what, analyzing the structure, cadence and thoughts of the spoken word.
Kschischang, Frank R. Giving a Talk: Guidelines for the Preparation and Presentation of Technical Seminars. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto.
In order to be able to write arguments, you need to read well-written published arguments. So, each week you should be reading 5 to 10 opinion/editorial pieces. Op-Ed pieces are a good way to learn about how to write concisely and how to create a persuasive argument. Op-Ed pieces can be found in any newspaper, but here are a few Web links to make it really easy.
If you find an op-ed piece that you like, please don't hesitate to bring it into class.